Scotopteryx chenopodiata (Linnaeus, 1758)


Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Adult (Memmingen, S-Germany, August 2013) [N] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Adult (S-Germany, Allgaeu Alps, Hinterstein, July 2013) [N] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Adult (eastern Swabian Alb, August 2013) [N] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Adult (Swabian Alb, Germany) [N] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Adult (Swabian Alb, Germany) [N] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Adult (west Austrian Alps, Rätikon, 1700m NN) [N] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Half-grown larva (e.o. Swabian Alb) [S] Scotopteryx chenopodiata: Larva (e.o. Swabian Alb) [S]

Host plants:
The caterpillar feeds polyphagous on herbs, but seems to prefer Fabaceae such as Vicia, Lotus and Hippocrepis.

Habitat:
Scotopteryx chenopodiata occurs in a broad variety of extensively managed or abandoned, dry and sunny, but also humid habitats such as sunny and light scrub, nutrient-poor calcareous grasslands, ruderal areas, road side verges etc.

Life cycle:
The caterpillars hibernate and are fully-grown in June. The adults appear between July and early September.

Endangerment factors:
Scotopteryx chenopodiata is in decline due to the continuing loss of habitat, but because of the large ecologigal potency, it is still one of the relative widely distributed species.

Remarks:
Scotopteryx chenopodiata is largely distributed in Europe.



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